Participating in an interview and replying to a question, Mahanati Director Nag Ashwin said he met Samantha first before he approached Keerthy and asked himself as to how it would be if Samantha essayed Savitiri's character, but he told the character of Vani to Samantha. He said Samantha had clarity and she told that she was not fit for Savitri's role. Nag said he had thought of taking Vidya Balan or Sonakshi Sinha for Savitri's role though he didn't approach them. It is known that Keerthy Suresh has essayed the character.
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